Amour fou

Amour fou

DVD - 2015 | German
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Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all, and he sets about finding a woman to join him in his predetermined departure. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, the well-off but unremarkable Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his offer intriguing, if a bit strange.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Film Movement, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD AMO
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Oida


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Sep 21, 2016

This film, inspired by the life and death of the 19th century German poet Heinrich von Kleist, is morose indeed. I’m not sure you will like it. I don’t really remember any warm feeling from any of the characters. Maybe life in 1810 Germany was generally awful compared to the 21st century. Boy, it seems that all of the characters were walking around wearing a sack full of ice cubes.

May 11, 2016

This is the dramatization of the double suicide of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel, and thus will be of interest to lovers of German lit. Visually, the film is gorgeous, but as a dramatic experience, it's flat. There isn't really much action. The repetition of a song from Beethoven's "An die ferne Geliebte" is tiresome rather than unifying. Kleist, with his idea of dying for love, comes off as a ridiculous man. Was he?

Mar 21, 2016

The film, while centered around the romantic, tragic-comedy, double suicide pact story of a misguided poet and a married woman with a misdiagnosed terminal disease, is actually about the nature of rational choice and purpose in all human intercourse, as is being constantly discussed in the background story on the social/ political turmoil during this period of Enlightenment - and it carries this thought-piece off in a very effective, entertaining fashion with sharp, spare pacing in the dialogue, cinematography and soundtrack.


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